|Available In: Cydia||Price: Free|
Backgrounder is “A Mobile Substrate-based extension that allows applications to run in the background.” Basically it is an application (similar to Insomnia) that allows applications to run in the background…meaning after you close the application it will continue to run.
When you install Backgrounder, you will not get an icon on your SpringBoard…it is just a code application. To enable Backgrounder, open the application that you would like to run in the background then press and hold the Home Button. You will get a quick pop-up saying, “Backgrounding Enabled. (Continue holding to force-quit).” Then the application will automatically close. That’s it!
I tested Backgrounder on a few applications. The first was MobileCast. I started downloading some podcasts, enabled Backgrounder and then went back into Mobilecast a few minutes later to see if they had continued to download even after the application closed…they had! It worked great. The other application I tried was Pandora. I opened Pandora, started the application, enabled backgrounder and Pandora continued to play after it closed…sooooooo sweet!!! You are able to use your iPhone and other applications on your iPhone while the apps continue to run in the background. I was able to listen to Pandora while I creating a shopping list with another application. However, if you use an application that resprings your SpringBoard, it will disable Backgrounder. So, you do not want to set a new WinterBoard theme while you have an application running in the background.
To disable Backgrounder on any application, you will need to reopen the app and then press and hold the Home Button until you get a pop-up that says, “Backgrounding Disabled. (Continue holding to force-quit).” Overall, a very cool application.
Remember running applications in the background will wear your iPhone or iPod Touch’s battery down faster and it will also make your iPhone or iPod Touch run slower (which it definitely did with my iPhone).